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The Kansas City Athletics: A Baseball History, 1954-1967

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The Athletics spent thirteen seasons in Kansas City before moving to Oakland—a colorful history despite one of the worst records in baseball history. Even so, many of the players who were part of the world championship teams in Oakland in the 1970s began their careers in Kansas City. This work presents the relatively short history of the Kansas City franchise from 1954, when Arnold Johnson purchased the Philadelphia Athletics and moved the team to Kansas City because of the financial benefits the city provided, ...

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The Kansas City Athletics: A Baseball History, 1954-1967

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The Athletics spent thirteen seasons in Kansas City before moving to Oakland—a colorful history despite one of the worst records in baseball history. Even so, many of the players who were part of the world championship teams in Oakland in the 1970s began their careers in Kansas City. This work presents the relatively short history of the Kansas City franchise from 1954, when Arnold Johnson purchased the Philadelphia Athletics and moved the team to Kansas City because of the financial benefits the city provided, to 1967, when Charles Finley moved the team to Oakland (after unsuccessful attempts to move it to Dallas, Atlanta, Louisville, Milwaukee and Seattle). In the 1950s, the team was called "a Yankee farm team" because of the numerous trades with the Yankees that favored the latter. The author re-evaluates these trades and concludes that they were not as one-sided as previously thought and really did benefit the team. The author also carefully considers Charles Finley's intentions to keep the team in Kansas City and his reasons for having to move them to Oakland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786416103
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 498,641
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John E. Peterson is senior pastor at Bensonvale Covenant Church in Omaha. His articles have appeared in the Covenant Companion, Passenger Train Journal, and the North Western Lines.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Big League Dreams 3
2 A Clever Businessman 8
3 Quest for the A's 12
4 Last-Minute Maneuvering 19
5 Going to K.C. 23
6 How to Buy a Ballclub for Peanuts 29
7 Arnold Johnson's Ultimate Plan 35
8 The 90-Day Wonder 42
9 1955: Big League Baseball Comes to K.C. 48
10 1956: Listless and Bad 63
11 1957: Big Trades Bring New Faces 71
12 1958: Cerv's Amazing Season 81
13 1959: Great Expectations 90
14 1960: A Very Difficult Year 100
15 Who Will Buy the Team? 109
16 Charles O. Finley - The "O" Stands for Owner 118
17 Trying to Outdo Veeck 123
18 1961: Gordon, Lane and Charlie O. 133
19 Courting Dallas 148
20 1962: Let Bygones Be Bygones 156
21 1963: Everything's Green and Gold 168
22 Happiness Is Being Somewhere Else 176
23 1964: Rocky, Jim and a Pennant Porch 193
24 1965: Charlie O. - The Man or the Mule? 208
25 1966: The Dark Ages 224
26 1967: "A Menace to Baseball" 235
27 "Luckiest City Since Hiroshima" 250
28 A Bad Marriage 263
29 Just a Yankees Farm Team 277
30 No More Trades with the Yankees 289
31 Crop Failure 298
32 Growing a Championship Team 305
Notes 317
Bibliography 333
Index 337
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